Science and Public Policy Institute

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The Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is a global warming skeptics organization which concerns itself with issues related to carbon dioxide and global warming. It is based in Virginia, USA and was founded in 2003. It was described by the New York Times as "a one-man operation that brings scientists to Capitol Hill on two issues: global warming and the health effects of mercury."[1]

Mission Statement[edit]

The Science and Public Policy Institute describes itself as:

a nonprofit institute of research and education dedicated to sound public policy based on sound science. Free from affiliation to any corporation or political party, we support the advancement of sensible public policies for energy and the environment rooted in rational science and economics. Only through science and factual information, separating reality from rhetoric, can legislators develop beneficial policies without unintended consequences that might threaten the life, liberty, and prosperity of the citizenry.[2]


The organization's Executive Director is Robert "Bob" Ferguson, who was previously executive director of an organisation called Center for Science and Public Policy.[3] He is also a former Chief of Staff to Republican Congressmen Jack Fields (1981–1997), John E. Peterson (1997–2002), and Rick Renzi (2002). The chief policy adviser is Christopher Monckton, a former special adviser to Margaret Thatcher. Joe D'Aleo is the institute's Meteorology Adviser. Further science advisers, as listed in 2011, include:

Willie Soon, a proponent of the theory that climate change is caused by solar variation, was at one time the chief science advisor.


The Science and Public Policy Institute funded a film "Apocalypse? No!" intended to show errors in the Al Gore documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. It shows Monckton giving a presentation to the Cambridge University Union.[4]

The SPPI took an interest in the Climatic Research Unit email controversy ("Climategate"). Its position is elaborated in a 45-page paper released on Dec. 7th 2009 titled "Climategate: Caught Green-Handed!: Cold facts about the hot topic of global temperature change after the Climategate scandal", which concluded that global warming is a myth.[5]


The Institute is operated by The Frontiers of Freedom Foundation, Inc.[6][7] a policy organization founded was founded in 1996 by Republican ex-Senator Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming.[8] On its website SPPI does not detail the sources of its funding. The New York Times listed the fossil-fuel company Exxon-Mobil as one of its funders.[1]


  1. ^ a b Jennifer Lee, "Exxon Backs Groups That Question Global Warming", New York Times, May 28, 2003 [1](retrieved May 26, 2014)
  2. ^ "Mission Statement". Science and Public Policy Institute. 
  3. ^ He was listed in the Frontiers of Freedom Foundation form 990 for 2006.[citation needed]
  4. ^ Jonathan Leake (October 14, 2007). "Please, sir - Gore's got warming wrong". Sunday Times. 
  5. ^ "Climategate: Caught Green-Handed" (pdf). Science and Public Policy Institute. 
  6. ^ Center for Science in the Public Interest, Center for Science and Public Policy/Center for Sound Science and Public Policy page at Integrity in Science (retrieved May 6, 2015)
  7. ^ Sourcewatch, Frontiers of Freedom (retrieved May 26, 2014)
  8. ^ "Malcolm Wallop dies at 78; was Republican U.S. senator", LA Times, September 15, 2011 (retrieved May 6, 2015)

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